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Planning   •   Active Transportation   •   Transit   •   Urban Design

Résumé :
Photologues :
 

A Collection of Urban Favourites
~80 images

 

The Urban Landscape
of Zurich
(2008)

~100 images

 

The Urban Landscape
of São Paulo
(2006)

190+ images

 

Note: For a complete searchable libarary of my tagged photos,
please visit my Flickr account.


Sample (Public) Reports :
Urban Transportation Indicators: Fourth Survey
Transportation Association of Canada
Full Report

Walkable + Bikeable Ajax: The Ajax Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
Town of Ajax
Full Report

Active Transportation: Making it Work in Canadian Communities
Transportation Association of Canada
Primer Only
ACT Presentation

Examination of Potential Options and Impacts of Car Share Programs on Parking Standards
City of Toronto
Full Report

Sample Papers :
The Missing Leg: The experience of walking to public transit in São Paulo (3MB)
Presentation (PowerPoint)
  Course:
Course Instructor:
Supervisor:
Current Issues Paper
Philippa Campsie
Paul M. Hess
  Second Reader:
External Advisor:
Edward C. Relph
John Farrow

With high public transit ridership in São Paulo and given that walking is the dominant form of access for the region’s 19 million inhabitants, I found it distressing how little attention is given to the pedestrian realm around São Paulo’s public transit facilities. Issues of public space are inextricably linked to public transport, but that connection is rarely acknowledged by São Paulo’s institutions, which are deeply fragmented around the issue, and there are significant implications to this oversight. Through in situ interviews, this exploratory study found that pedestrians predominantly focused on their sense of security as well as social activity in public spaces, the potential danger imposed by motor vehicles and the challenges of unforgiving pedestrian facilities. Under these circumstances they were reluctant to stand still in public areas; were attracted to busy, clean, and organized spaces; avoided attracting attention; walked on the paved roadways; and crossed streets outside of designated areas. There are complex relationships between their behaviour and the environment, however, as pedestrians discussed juggling concerns over the risk of jaywalking versus its convenience; traffic hazards versus sidewalk quality; and security versus safety, convenience, physical exertion, and overcrowded transit. Pedestrians frequently cope with significant problems in getting to transit in São Paulo and, given the importance of walking to public transit, government institutions and transit agencies must devote more effort towards improving the pedestrian experience by both mitigating the stresses and using the comforts identified in this study.

Pela quantidade de viagens por transporte coletivo existente em São Paulo e pelo caminhar a pé ser a principal forma de acesso para os 19 milhões de habitantes da região, me afligi o quão pouca atenção recebe o reino do pedestre ao redor das instalações de transporte público em São Paulo. As questões de espaço público são inevitavelmente ligadas às de transporte coletivo, mas esta conexão é raramente reconhecida pelas instituições de São Paulo, que estão profundamente fragmentadas no assunto, ocasionando implicações significativas em relação a este descuido. Através da realização de entrevistas locais, a presente pesquisa exploratória concluiu que os pedestres se enfocaram predominantemente na sensação de segurança, nas atividades sociais dos espaços públicos, no perigo potencial imposto por veículos motorizados e nos desafios de infraestrutura impassível às necessidades dos pedestres. Dessa maneira, eles resistiram em ficar parados nas áreas públicas; foram atraídos para espaços limpos, organizados, e ocupados por pessoas; evitaram atrair atenção; caminharam nas pistas; e cruzaram ruas fora da faixa de pedestres. Existe uma complexa relação entre o comportamento dos pedestres e o ambiente. Discutirem o conflito entre a preocupação com o risco de atravessar a rua fora da faixa versus sua conveniência; os perigos de tráfico versus a qualidade das calçadas; e o risco de assalto versus o risco de atropelamento, a conveniência, o esforço físico, e a lotação dos transportes coletivos. Os pedestres lidam freqüentemente com problemas significativos para chegarem até o transporte público em São Paulo e, dado à importância desse acesso ao transporte publico acontecer principalemente a pé, instituições do governo e agências de transporte público devem dedicar mais esforços para a melhoria da experiência do pedestre, mitigando as tensões e usando os confortos identificados neste estudo.

Including Minor Modes of Transport in a Tour-Based Mode Choice Model with Household Interactions
Paper submitted for presentation and publication at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
  Authors: Roorda, M.J., D. Passmore, and E.J. Miller

Development of comprehensive mode choice models for use in travel demand forecasting systems has traditionally been dominated by the major modes of transportation, including driving, ridesharing, walking, and riding public transit, which make up approximately 96% of all trips in the Toronto Area. This paper describes the difficult task of realistically representing and predicting “minor” transport modes that tend to serve niche markets, without sacrificing the quality and behavioral realism of the rest of the model. This is critical from a policy perspective since increasing the mode share of modes such as bicycling, taxi, drive or transit access commuter rail, drive access subway, and school bus has the potential to reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, save on expensive auto infrastructure, encourage healthier lifestyles. reduce congestion, and support more liveable communities. The model presented in this paper builds upon previous work which simulates household interactions as part of the mode choice process, with explicit representation of vehicle allocation, rideshare to joint activities, and passenger drop-off and pick-up. The model is tour-based, ensuring that if cars or bicycles are used for one part of the tour (including the drive to commuter rail or subway parking lots), they must be returned home before being used in other tours. The model parameters are estimated using a choice-based sample of tours in the Greater Toronto Area and employing a genetic algorithm.
A short response to assigned readings which critically assess New Urbanist developments
Mixed Use: What is it?  
  Course:
Course Instructor:
Recent Debates on Urban Form
Andre Sorensen
Five very brief reviews of environment-behaviour papers related to streets
Comparing New Urbanist form against earlier 20th century development patterns in Toronto (12MB)
  Course:
Course Instructor:
Urban Design Research Methods
Paul M. Hess
Evolving Streets: An evaluation of contemporary approaches to street design
  Course:
Course Instructors:
Transportation and Urban Form
Paul M. Hess & Andre Sorensen

Created by Dylan Passmore
Last Updated: August 22, 2012